Chief of Staff
COL Mark Misener
Born and raised in Iroquois Falls, Ontario, Colonel Mark Misener was
commissioned into the Canadian Forces in 1987, attended Royal Roads Military
College and graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada in 1991 with a
Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Colonel Misener commenced regimental duty as a Royal Canadian Engineer Officer
in 1992 upon arrival at 2 Combat Engineer Regiment (2 CER), Petawawa, Ontario.
This initial posting was followed by postings to 4 Engineer Support Regiment,
Gagetown, New Brunswick from 1996 to 1998 and 2 CER from 1999 to July 2002.
During this period he served in numerous tactical-level positions and command
appointments in the ranks of Lieutenant, Captain and Major.
On promotion to Lieutenant-Colonel in 2006, he was employed as the Canadian
Expeditionary Force Command Joint Engineer, where he was involved in the
operational-level planning and support to deployed operations, including Joint
Task Force Afghanistan. In May 2008 he was appointed Commanding Officer of 2
CER, which he commanded until May 2010. He was later posted to Canadian Army
Headquarters Director Land Requirements in Ottawa, leading the team responsible
for Soldier Systems. Colonel Misener was promoted to his current rank in June
2012 and in July 2013 was assigned to Fort Hood, Texas to join III Corps Phantom
Warriors and the 1st Cavalry Division as the Assistant Chief of Staff G5 Plans
of The First Team. After completing a successful deployment to Operation
Enduring Freedom with the Division Headquarters in 2014, he was appointed Chief
of Staff of the Division.
Colonel Misener has completed numerous operational deployments at all levels of
tactical command commencing with command of 2 CER Engineer Troop as part of the
Canadian Airborne Regiment Battle Group in Somalia in 1992-1993. He served as a
Technical Advisor to the Cambodian Mine Action Centre where he spent one year
educating the local populace in methods of de-mining, and as the Officer
Commanding 45 Engineer Heavy Equipment Squadron in 1997 during operations to
conduct flood relief in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He also served as 1 Canadian
Mechanized Brigade Engineer Group Operations Officer during the 1998 Montreal
ice storm. As Officer Commanding 23 Field Squadron, his Squadron deployed to
Kosovo from December 1999 to July 2000, part of 1 RCR Battle Group and, after
completing operations in support of the Joint Task Force, closed out the
Canadian mission. More recently, he deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan commanding
Task Force Kandahar Engineer Regiment from August 2010 to July 2011 and only
just returned from a second tour to Kandahar with the 1st Cavalry Division
In addition to his undergraduate degree, Colonel Misener has completed the
Canadian Land Forces Staff College course, attended the Canadian Land Forces
Command and Staff College in Kingston, and the Canadian Forces Command and Staff
College in Toronto. He is a graduate of the University of Ottawa with a Master
in Business Administration and more recently attended the National Defense
University War College in Washington, D.C. where he earned a Master of Science
in National Security Strategy.
Col Misener received a Chief of Defence Staff commendation in 2008, was awarded
the Meritorious Service Medal in 2012 and was honoured with the United States
Army Bronze Star Medal in 2014.